This week, SIFF Cinema at the Uptown features two film series you can share with your mother (or not; you be the judge).
“The Hitchcock 9,” the result of a restoration project by the British Film Institute National Archive, includes nine surviving films by Hitchcock with Seattle musicians performing the soundtracks on eight of them. The series kicks off Friday with 1929’s “Blackmail,” starring Alice White as a woman who has a flirtation with an artist, with a score performed live by Diminished Men. It continues Saturday with the 1928 comedy “The Farmer’s Wife” (with a score performed by Julie Baldrige); the 1926 melodrama “The Pleasure Garden” (with Miles & Karina); the 1927 melodrama “The Ring” (with Lori Goldston); and the 1927 drama “Downhill” (with DJ James Whetzel). Sunday brings the 1928 romantic comedy “Champagne”
(with Leslie McMichael); the 1929 drama “The Manxman” (with Lori Goldston); an adaptation of Noel Coward’s play “Easy Virtue” (with Miles & Karina); and the 1927 thriller “The Lodger” (with a prerecorded score). Each film’s admission is $10 for members, $15 general (except for “Blackmail,” which is $15 for members, $20 general).
The thrillers continue into the next week with the series “Hitchcock U.K. Masterpieces.” The 1930’s whodunit “Murder!” and another stage adaptation, “Number Seventeen,” play on Monday; the 1939 wrong-man thriller “The 39 Steps” and 1934’s
“The Man Who Knew Too Much”
on Tuesday; the 1936 thriller “Sabotage” and one of the director’s favorites, 1937’s “Young and Innocent,”
on Wednesday. The series closes on Thursday with the 1938 thriller “The Lady Vanishes,” starring Margaret Lockwood, and the sound version of “Blackmail” (Hitchcock filmed silent and sound versions). Individual admission is $6 for members, $11 general. A two-series pass is also available. The Uptown is at 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle (206-324-9996 or www.siff.net).
Midnight movies on Capitol Hill are back! The new series is called “Cine Insomnia” and has moved north to the Harvard Exit. It kicks off with Jim Henson and Frank Oz’s 1982 fantasy “The Dark Crystal” on Saturday. Upcoming films include “Clue” (Aug. 3), “Spring Breakers” (Aug. 10), “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (Aug. 17), “House (Hausu)” (Aug. 24), “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” (Aug. 31), “American Psycho” (Sept. 7) and “Pink Floyd: The Wall” (Sept. 14). All films start around midnight (check the website for exact times). Tickets are $8-$8.25. 807 E. Roy St., Seattle (206-323-0587 or www.landmarktheaters.com).
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To close out the Capitol Hill Block Party, the Northwest Film Forum will hold a matinee screening of “The Fearless Freaks,” a documentary about The Flaming Lips, at 3 p.m. Sunday. 1515 12th Ave., Seattle. Tickets are $6 for members, $7-$10 general (800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com).
And finally, “Big Words,” a “hip-hop dramedy” set on the eve of President Obama’s election, will have a screening at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave. S., Seattle. Tickets are $10 (800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com).
Doug Knoop: firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @dougknoop